Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville
1627 Rogero Road
Jacksonville, FL 32211
Phone: (904) 731-9933 Fax: (904) 731-9934
Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and boldsm
We envision a community where each girl
can reach her greatest potential.
With roots dating to 1864, national status since 1945 and a local presence in Jacksonville since 1970 (formally known as the Girls Club), Girls Inc. is a national nonprofit youth organization that delivers programs through a network of 1,500 program sites throughout the United States and Canada. These sites include schools, community centers and 73 Girls Inc. affiliate member organizations. Nationally, Girls Inc. reaches over 800,000 girls through affiliates, the website and educational publications.
Philosophy & Mission & Vision
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 125,000 girls ages 5-18 annually across the United States and Canada.
Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville (formerly Girls Clubs of America) began as a project of the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. It was incorporated in 1970 and became affiliated with the Girls Clubs of America in 1971. Our first club was located in the Brentwood Housing Development, where we continually maintained a presence until 2004, when the Hope VI Project interrupted our work. In 1990, Girls Clubs of America changed their name to Girls Incorporated on national and local levels. Girls Inc. of Jacksonville has two after-school centers, one in St. Nicholas - Spring Park and the Spring Park Teen Center and one site in Arlington area. During the summer we have summer camp at both of these locations, as well as an additional location in Arlington and a location in Riverside. During the school year Girls Inc. holds at literacy based after-school program entitled GirlSMART at Arlington Heights Elementary School at Ft. Caroline Elementary School in the Arlington area. GIRLStart works with kindergarten through second grade girls specifically. An additionally school-based afterschool program is held with the focus on STEM at the Waverly Academy on the Westside.
Today, Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville serves more than 1,700 girls everyday in after-school programs, outreach and summer camps. Our after-school programs provide a supporting, safe environment, offer homework assistance, and enrichment activities like dance, computer, art, story telling, theatre, and bullying prevention.
The Girls Incorporated movement started during the Industrial Revolution as a response to the needs of a new working class: young women who had migrated from rural communities in search of newly available job opportunities in textile mills and factories. The oldest Girls Incorporated affiliate, formed in 1864 in Waterbury, Connecticut, provided programs not only for young working women but also for younger daughters who had no place to go. Each center created a homelike atmosphere at a time when wages were low and there was little money to spend on recreation. Programming in the early days focused on recreation and on preparing girls for their future roles as wives and homemakers. There were courses in cooking, sewing, knitting and manners while some centers offered dramatics and swimming.
Today, Girls Inc. has programs that focus on science, math and technology, health, economic and financial literacy, sports skills, leadership and advocacy for girls ages 5 to 18 years old throughout the United States and Canada.
We produce and distribute an annual report each year.
To receive a copy of our annual report, contact Beth Hughes Clark at 731-9933 or email her at email@example.com.